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Justin Trudeau, in a stunning piece of political theatre, recently stood up in the House of Commons and categorically refused to implement decriminalization, a refusal that will result in a continuation of unnecessary criminal records for a crime that won't even be a crime in a couple years. Given his history on the topic, it's a truly mind-boggling stance for him to take.
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Mettrum's licensed production facilities span over 80,000 square feet of capacity, located on a total of over 80 acres of land. The Bowmanville location (one of two) is massive, and houses their client service team and part of the grow operations.
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The problem with establishing a Federal Cannabis Tax Fund is that somebody needs to ask for it, now, before the legislation is drafted. Mayors and councils across Canada may be reluctant to raise this publicly while marijuana is still illegal and because there is no formal recognition of municipal governments in our constitution.
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"There would not be any need to reinvent the wheel."
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An apology is what Canada's cannabis culture wants and deserves. Without a formal recognition that the war on cannabis has been a century-long mistake, we will never be able to truly heal from this dark part of our history.
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Conversations about cannabis policy are heating up. So it's no surprise that we suddenly seem immersed in claims and counterclaims on a slew of topics related to cannabis use and regulation. The International Centre for Science in Drug Policy has tasked itself with determining the strength of scientific support for such claims. Over the past year, we've been working diligently on scanning the news media and online conversations about cannabis to identify the most oft-repeated or high-profile claims including the ones above related to its use and regulation.
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Here is where I have a problem with CAMH itself. Earlier this year, they put a total tobacco ban in place. And, tobacco is a legal substance. Not only could patients not smoke on the property but they could not even have tobacco products in their lockers or rooms.
Sensible BC has become Canada's largest cannabis reform organization. Our focus for 2014 will be building our network and organization, keeping our issue in the media, fighting several legal challenges, and working towards the municipal elections coming this November.
"I think there is a fear of change, a fear of change that is ungrounded in any rational apprehension about what will happen. We accept at some level that the whole prohibition policy is a total failure, yet in some other part of our brain we are afraid of change because we worry that society would just turn itself into a collection of drug-addled morons."
Right now the RCMP lay about 60,000 charges annually for marijuana possession across Canada, while they let about four times as many people found with pot off with a warning. When the police talk about tickets for possession, they're not talking about reducing the number of charges, they're talking about finding a more efficient way to punish the hundreds of thousands of people they're currently letting go.
While the debate rages for and against legalizing marijuana, there's also a debate about how to legalize it, if that's the direction chosen. In Canada, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's...
An Angus Reid poll taken last year found 54 per cent of Americans and 57 per cent of Canadians ready to head down the legalization trail. And now we have Justin Trudeau outing himself as Canada's first openly pro-legalization prime ministerial candidate.
We've written a law, called the Sensible Policing Act, which has already been approved by Elections BC. This law will make a first step towards legalization, by stopping arrests for marijuana possession, and focusing police resources on fighting real crime. This campaign does not rely on the whims of politicians. We can do this ourselves, with people power. But it isn't easy to get on the ballot so that we can have a marijuana referendum. We will need to collect over half a million signatures, from registered voters all across B.C., just like they did to stop the HST.
Decriminalize drugs? Ha! That about sums up the response that the federal government and police agencies are giving to a Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC) report that calls on the authorities to...